Ndubuisi Ekekwe - "a doctor of innovation"
Ndubuisi Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees, including a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and MBA from University of Calabar, Nigeria, by March 2009. He founded Ultinet Systems-an IT & telephony firm- and formerly held the title of Banking Executive with Diamond Bank Plc, Lagos. He is the Founder of the non-profit African Institution of Technology and has held visiting positions in three African universities. A US semiconductor industry veteran, he blogs at Harvard Business Review site. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Babcock University, Nigeria.
He authored/edited four major books: Adaptive Application-Specific Instrumentation and Control Microsystem; Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy: Corrosion Behavior Application; Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy (won IGI Global 2010 Excellence in Technology Research ‘Book of the Year’ Award.); and Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Global Redesign: Emerging Implications .
An inventor, he holds a US Patent on microchip used in minimally invasive surgical robots and has authored many journal and conference papers. As a student, he worked on the NASA Jet Propulsion project- distribution of HV and HF in the space environment. Dr. Ekekwe has organized more than thirty five seminars and workshops on technology design, innovation and diffusion across Africa for schools, small firms and governments. He obtained BEng electrical & electronics engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria (FUTO, Aug 1998) where he finished top of his class.
As Director of Research of a student body, he helped installed a students-designed and -managed Campus-wide FM Radio Station (one of few in Africa). Also in FUTO, he founded, edited and published FUTO Bubbles- a campus newsmagazine. It was in its debut edition that Prof SOE Ogbogu said: "there are two universities in Nigeria: FUTO and others'. Dr Ekekwe was also a member of the Students Union Constitution Review Committee.
He is highly awarded. And some of his awards/fellowships include: Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering fellowship, United States National Science Foundation ERC fellowship, Jay D Samstag fellowship, United Kingdom Congress on Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery fellowship, United States Electrical Manuf. & Coil Winding Association scholarship, University Scholar (FUTO), Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Recognition Award (nominee), TED fellowship, Visiting Fellow (IUO, Nigeria), Grandeur Magazine's one of Nigeria's Most Influential Youth of the 21st Century, Harvard Business School & Hess 1978 Fund Ex-Ed scholarship, etc.
In May 2009, he became the youngest scholar to deliver Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria (15th) Public Lecture of the University. Ndubuisi served in the United States National Science Foundation ERC/CISST E&D committee for four years. He was a panelist on Knowledge Industry in Africa in 2010 Wharton Business School African Business Forum, a speaker at 2010 TEDxChange Amsterdam, a knowledge expert in United Nations 2010 Lessons Learned Workshop for 5 African Countries (Freetown), plus numerous technical conferences including ISSCC, ISCAS, etc. He spoke in 2011 in Vietnam Education Foundation conference and Harvard Business School African Business Conference. He has participated as a speaker in New York Forum Africa, MIT Sloan Africa Innovate, Babson University Africa Business Club, BBC World Service, Tech4Africa, Africa4IT conference (keynote), Carnegie Mellon University, etc.
Prof Ekekwe, featured in Marquis' Who's Who in America, is ex-Chair, IEEE Boston GOLD Executive Committee, and now PACE Chair. He is a Non-executive Board member of Temple & Aegeandas- an investment banking firm in Lagos (Nigeria); Founder/Non-Executive Chair, Board of Directors, First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Ltd (Fasmicro), Nigeria; and Founding Board member of Germany-based Afriscience. In 2009, the Nigerian government nominated him to the ($180m grant) World Bank-Nigeria STEPB Int'l Advisory Board.
Dr Ekekwe was selected as a "New Generation Leaders for Africa" by African Leadership Network in 2012. The African Innovator Magazine from the respected IT News Africa Publication calls Dr Ekekwe "A doctor of Innovation". He made the Nigeria Book of Records as one of the 52 Nigerian Most Influential Youth of the 21st Century as the nation celebrates its 52nd birthday. In August 2011, he received a commendation letter from the Nigerian Presidency for pioneering microelectronics programs in the country. He authored Nigeria's Vision 2020 Microelectronics thematic area and holds all-time best GCE/SSCE result of STS, Ovim, Nigeria.
how application of technology could move millions of Africans from poverty to middle-class living standards. I understand that Africa requires a knowledge strategy that is fluidic and effective.
Technology capability will offer the best pathway to help developing nations emerge from their under-developments. This is supported by the fact that generations that lived apart centuries ago did not experience differences in their living standards. But with the advent of different technologies, the world has seen expansion of gross world product. This expansion has been fueled by productivity, primarily in developed nations. Africa is still 'operating' in the era of pre-industrial age where technology is not used (at large scale) to drive business processes and create wealth. Helping these nations to understand that technology is the most vital instrument of global competitiveness and without it, no nation can be economically viable in the long term despite the abundance of minerals and hydrocarbons matters. A redesign of Africa's economy is needed and that must be driven by the power of technology under strong intellectual property laws which will protect innovations and inventions
Technology; education; Africa, economics of developing nations.
pushing policies through op-eds since many think my life revolves around transistors
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